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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 18955 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #570 on: July 23, 2019, 01:17:26 AM »
Good video!  :thumbsup:

The Apollo ones after it are pretty cool too!  ;)

That will be YouTube's algorithms suggesting things based on your recent viewing habits.

Meanwhile, last in the ED75 series, as I've run out of ED75s:


MicroAce ED75 (ED75 711) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

It's 2007 in the model production world, and here we have an ED75-700 subseries from MicroAce, for a change. Built for service on the Ōu Main Line and Uetsu Main Line in the 1970s. The prototype in action:

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%95%E3%82%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%AB:JNR_ed75_711_orient_akebono.jpg

The model is more-or-less modern standard, all windows (including upper body side windows) glazed (though I see on the photo the side cab windows at the rear end are out-of-whack, must fix that); cab details are more-or-less present and represented in a reasonably prototypical pale green-blue (though MicroAce do tend to take some liberties with the space), (dummy) rear lights are separate parts, and the uncoupling lever (the wiggly black thing) is modelled as a separate part on the front skirt.

I'm not sure if it has a flywheel motor or LED lighting, either way it it is a nice quiet smooth runner.

The shunter grab handles however are still only represented as protrusions on the body moulding.

Now if you look carefully, at the front of the loco on the bottom left (from the viewer's perspective) you can see a small white line apparently floating in space. This is actually the leading edge of a small black square, which is a platform for the aforesaid shunter to stand on while grabbing the aforementioned grab handle with one hand and waving the driver on with a flag held in the other. See this video for an example of what I mean:



Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcCpQ7ImCpI

Here we see a 1500v DC EF66-100 series being taken off a freight train and the 20Kv AC ED75 being attached to continue the trip under higher voltage (though these days dual voltage locos are much more likely to be used, we'll get to those another day...) Note use of the uncoupling lever at about 0:50.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #571 on: July 23, 2019, 02:23:45 AM »
Anyway don't mind the double-decker Shinkansen (an E1 if anyone's keen to know)...


left-scenic-area-2019-07-22_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

it's there for clearance testing, as Yet Another Tunnel Portal needs to be fixed in place.


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #572 on: July 23, 2019, 03:55:54 AM »
Plenty clearance up top, how's the sides?
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #573 on: July 23, 2019, 03:59:58 AM »
Tight, but sufficient  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #574 on: July 27, 2019, 10:00:00 AM »
Mock-up of the hot-spring-resort-village-in-the-hills:


left-scenic-area-2019-07-24_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Modelling the famouse Ice Cliff Tunnel of Central Japan:


left-scenic-area-2019-07-26_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

(OK, it's just the raw plaster cloth awaiting scenickery)
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #575 on: July 27, 2019, 12:15:59 PM »
Meanwhile, due to a bizarre sequence of freak signalling errors, the driver of the 10:22 railcar service to Falmouth found his route knowledge stretched to the limits.


Dapol Class 122 (55000) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

(This popped up on a local auction site at a very reasonable price, and it would have been rude not to).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #576 on: July 28, 2019, 02:13:46 AM »
The Ice Cliffs now covered in a growth of moss:


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #577 on: July 28, 2019, 04:20:40 AM »
All shrubbed up now:


left-scenic-area-2019-07-28_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Finally I can photograph trains entering and leaving the tunnel without Ikea furniture getting into the shot. :bounce:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #578 on: July 28, 2019, 10:44:39 AM »
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign
     Thanks Ian, all looking good    :thumbsup:
       regards Derek.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #579 on: July 28, 2019, 10:47:53 AM »
I'm transported back to last May!

Great pics. Still waiting for the plan, though  >:D
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #580 on: July 31, 2019, 02:31:33 AM »
You'll have to wait a bit longer...

Meanwhile you may recall I recently posted some pictures of Takao Station on the edge of the Tokyo area where the plain hits the hills - well the other day we took a little family trip one station further to Sagamiko, ca. 9.5km from Takao as the local train trundles through the hills, where we stayed overnight in this Japanese-style hotel here:



which is a small, family-run place with just 5 rooms nestling in the verdant leafy other-worldness which is Japan outside of the coastal plains:





Dinner was had:



(there was more than shown here, this was just the start) while enjoying the leafy view:



But what about the trains, I hear you cry?

Well, happily and unexpectedly the Chuo Line was in sight of the room; it's the blur in the middle of this shot, which is an E353 Azusa express exiting a tunnel:



(The view was somewhat better than the picture suggests as the camera can merely capture a split moment in time, whereas the eye can piece together a moving picture of the trains).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #581 on: July 31, 2019, 02:47:49 AM »
Uber cool!  :beers:
Looks just like your layout!  :thumbsup:

If that's Squidlet heading off down that narrow road, I hope you were keeping an eye on him, Ian!  ;)
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #582 on: July 31, 2019, 03:25:33 AM »
That is indeed the Squidlet, who happily is blessed with a lively sense of self-preservation, moreover this was a very quiet road basically going nowhere, not a single vehicle passed the whole time we were out.

Oooh, forgot to mention (name drop coming up) - apparently the former Crown Prince stayed here a couple of years ago (before he got promoted the top job), not often you get to stay somewhere once blessed by the presence of the direct descendant of a sun goddess.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #583 on: July 31, 2019, 04:24:14 AM »
Cooler and cooler!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #584 on: August 01, 2019, 11:21:51 PM »
This is an educational layout! Didn't really know much about Japanese railways other than the classic Bullet-train - which I secretly wanted as a child. Thanks for these posts. I am learning much! :thumbsup:
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